BlackBerry Vs. iPhone Vs. Android History

18-year BlackBerry vet dives deep into how the iPhone toppled his company

August 5th at 12:42 PM

18-year BlackBerry vet dives deep into how the iPhone toppled his company

Former BlackBerry vice president of foresights Jason Griffin has a lot of first-hand experience with market disruption. After all, his former company has served as a prime example of both a disruptor and a disruptee over the last decade since it first disrupted the traditional mobile phone market and then found itself disrupted by the iPhone and later Android. In an essay posted on Medium, Griffin reflects on what made the first-generation iPhone so disruptive and he makes some points that we’d never considered before. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview Smartphones

BlackBerry is still making smartphones, but for how much longer?

July 24th at 4:45 PM

BlackBerry is still making smartphones, but for how much longer?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has always said that he’ll kill off the company’s smartphone business if he can’t consistently turn a profit from selling them. While BlackBerry isn’t at that point yet, CEO John Chen said that there’s no way that his company will keep making smartphones if sales keep declining. More →

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Google just tossed BlackBerry a major lifeline

July 9th at 2:10 PM

Google just tossed BlackBerry a major lifeline

BlackBerry’s phones now serve an incredibly slim niche market, which has forced the company to look in other places for revenue. Under CEO John Chen, BlackBerry has been reinventing itself as an enterprise security software and services company that no longer has to rely on smartphone sales for growth. Chen’s plan got a major boost on Thursday when BlackBerry announced that it will partner with Google to help make Android devices used in enterprises more secure than ever before. More →

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Blackberry Is Making an Android Phone… And It Will Probably Be a Disaster

Blackberry Is Making an Android Phone… And It Will Probably Be a Disaster

July 3rd at 9:10 AM

Optimistic investors have sent BlackBerry shares on a roller coaster ride over the past few years, but reality seems to be setting in. After briefly rocketing up to the $12 range in mid-January, the company’s stock has seen a gradual decline back to under $8, down about 27.5% so far in 2015. Brief runs of optimism are quickly offset by the recurring realization that BlackBerry doesn’t seem any closer to finding its place in the new mobile landscape today than it was a few years ago.

Will an Android phone save the company? No, almost certainly not. More →

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BlackBerry Android Phone Leaked Specs

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

June 18th at 5:45 PM

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

We learned recently that BlackBerry is planning to release its first-ever Android phone this fall and N4BB may have just found the device’s leaked specifications. Specifically, N4BB has posted a list of specs for a device that’s now codenamed “Venice” that will be a touchscreen-equipped slider device similar to the old BlackBerry Torch. This is significant because it seems the Android phone BlackBerry is working on will also have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. More →

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So it’s come to this: BlackBerry is reportedly making an Android phone

June 12th at 7:45 AM

So it’s come to this: BlackBerry is reportedly making an Android phone

Hardcore fans might find it hard to accept it, but this doesn’t change the fact that BlackBerry isn’t going to storm back and beat iOS and Android anytime soon. The company failed to win the hearts of consumers, and it’s now considering something rather radical: Making Android phones. More →

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BlackBerry Co-CEO Balsillie Interview

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

June 9th at 5:45 PM

Ex-RIM co-CEO Balsillie offers brutally frank reflections on BlackBerry’s downfall

While Research in Motion certainly made many strategic missteps over the years, it never really had a shot at going toe-to-toe against Apple and Google in the consumer smartphone wars. Ex-RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie on Tuesday gave a talk at The Empire Club of Canada in which he gave a brutally frank assessment of his former company’s downfall as a major power in the phone industry. More →

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BlackBerry Xiaomi Merger Xiaomi President

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

June 4th at 9:50 AM

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

A post on Weibo from Xiaomi’s president seems to be saying that his company “will acquire BlackBerry,” although it turns out that is not the case at all. G for Games points us to remarks made by Xiaomi president and cofounder Bin Lin in which he flat-out states that Xiaomi will buy BlackBerry. Skeptical of a Google translation of the Xiaomi president’s remarks, G for Games looked at the original text and broke it down word by word and, lo and behold, it seems he really did say that his company would be buying BlackBerry. However, a closer inspection reveals this is not what the Xiaomi exec actually said. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Ryan Seacrest Typo

BlackBerry scores a knockout punch against archenemy Ryan Seacrest

June 1st at 5:27 PM

BlackBerry scores a knockout punch against archenemy Ryan Seacrest

Score a win for BlackBerry. Per The Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry has reached a settlement with Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo in which Typo has agreed to stop selling its smartphone keyboard attachments for any devices whose screens measure in at less than 7.9 inches. Since Typo primarily made keyboard attachments for iPhones, this effectively means it’s game over for Seacrest’s knockoff keyboard. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Android Vs. iOS Market Share

It will soon be impossible for BlackBerry to lose more market share

May 27th at 6:15 PM

It will soon be impossible for BlackBerry to lose more market share

BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently offered some very good reasons for BlackBerry to keep making new phones, although he acknowledged at this point that he’s making them for a tiny audience. How tiny are we talking about? The latest numbers from Gartner show that BlackBerry is somehow still losing market share in the smartphone wars despite the fact that its overall share of the market has been well below 1% for the past year. More →

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iPhone Launch

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

May 27th at 4:00 PM

How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve Jobs’ mind, BlackBerry devices were absolutely killing it in the marketplace. Even Microsoft, which tends to get laughed at for missing important trends in the tech space, had been working on various Windows Mobile devices going all the way back to 2000.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Compensation $3.4 Million

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

May 25th at 2:35 PM

BlackBerry CEO’s compensation falls from $86 million to ‘only’ $3.4 million in 2015

Let’s hope BlackBerry CEO John Chen hasn’t already blown through the massive $85.8 million compensation package he received in fiscal 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Chen’s compensation for fiscal 2015 has fallen to “only” $3.4 million, although the Journal notes that all but $1 million of last year’s compensation “was from restricted shares that vest over five years starting from Mr. Chen’s hiring in November 2013.”

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